The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) – paid for by a licence-fee levied on television owners – has admitted to a “lapse in editorial standards” surrounding its coverage of the recent European Union election results.
Having been challenged by numerous complainants, the Beeb sent a letter taking full responsibility for misleading voters about the results as they pertained to partisan positions on Brexit.
Instead of counting the (predominantly pro-Brexit) Conservative Party in the pro-Brexit camp, the BBC left them out making it look like anti-Brexit parties had triumphed in the May vote.
The offending graphic can be viewed below.
In other words, they promoted and disseminated fake news, at a cost to British tax payers, to influence UK politics.
At a time of heightened national tensions over the Brexit issue, one might hope “Auntie” would be on her best behavior.
The network’s liberal bias however, appears too far gone to allow trustworthiness or reliability from the £5bn ($6.1bn) a year organization.
The letter from the BBC states:
“As I am sure you are aware, both pro- and anti-Brexit parties cited the outcome of the European elections as evidence their side of the argument had the greatest support… BBC News has told us the graphic which prompted your concern was an attempt to provide some clarity in relation to those arguments…
“We think this is a reasonable approach in principle, but the resulting graphic does not seem to us to have contained sufficient information to achieve the desired result. The bar labelled “Pro-Brexit”, as you have pointed out, reflected only the combined vote for the Brexit Party and UKIP…
“A summary of your complaint and our decision to uphold it will now be published on the complaints pages of bbc.co.uk as a public acknowledgement that there was a lapse of editorial standards on this occasion”.
The incident is far from the first time the BBC has been caught manipulating public opinion for leftist or liberal globalist ends.
In 2011 former BBC host Peter Sissons explained:
“At any given time there is a BBC line on everything of importance, a line usually adopted in the light of which way its senior echelons believe the political wind is blowing. This line is rarely spelled out explicitly, but percolates subtly throughout the organisation.
“Whatever the United Nations is associated with is good — it is heresy to question any of its activities. The EU is also a good thing, but not quite as good as the UN. Soaking the rich is good, despite well-founded economic arguments that the more you tax, the less you get. And Government spending is a good thing, although most BBC people prefer to call it investment, in line with New Labour’s terminology.
“All green and environmental groups are very good things. Al Gore is a saint. George Bush was a bad thing, and thick into the bargain. Obama was not just the Democratic Party’s candidate for the White House, he was the BBC’s. Blair was good, Brown bad, but the BBC has now lost interest in both.
“Trade unions are mostly good things, especially when they are fighting BBC managers. Quangos are also mostly good, and the reports they produce are usually handled uncritically. The Royal Family is a bore. Islam must not be offended at any price, although Christians are fair game because they do nothing about it if they are offended.”
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The full letter from the Beeb can be read below: